Britton Smith, Ph.D.


  • Assistant Research Scientist - SDSC


Britton Smith is an Assistant Research Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.  He received B.S. degrees in astronomy, mathematics, and physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001 and a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007.  He joined SDSC in 2016 after working at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Michigan State University, and University of Edinburgh.  His research involves simulations of structure formation in the Universe, with topics ranging from the formation of the first stars, black holes, and galaxies to the evolution of the intergalactic medium and galaxy clusters.  He is also a lead developer of a number of scientific software projects, such as the Enzo simulation code, the yt analysis toolkit, and the Grackle chemistry and cooling library, where he was the project’s founder.


  • Computational astrophysics
  • Software development